Korn Ferry

Best Practice Series: Women in leadership

Organizations that have women on their boards and executive teams are more likely to be successful. Yet, women continue to be underrepresented on boards and executive teams. Even when women reach the C-suite, they receive lower
compensation. The general consensus was that as education and opportunities opened up a natural momentum would correct this imbalance. But progress has stalled, despite decades of discussion.

Why? Are women held to higher standards? Do women hold themselves to higher standards? Do women lack key qualifications? Are women’s qualifications underestimated? Is this a perception issue or an experience issue? Is this a confidence issue or a motivation issue?


  • Evelyn Orr

    Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Korn Ferry Institute

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